Megan Frazer Wins Honda Sports Award
Dec. 8, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Megan Frazer of the Maryland field hockey team has won the 2011-12 Honda Sports Award in field hockey, designating her as the top student-athlete in the country in that sport.
The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 36th year. Frazer's win marks the seventh time that a University of Maryland field hockey player has been honored with the award. Autumn Welsh won Maryland's first in 2001, Paula Infante nabbed two awards (2005, '06), Susie Rowe won in 2008 and Katie O'Donnell earned the honor in 2009 and 2010. A Maryland student-athlete has won the field hockey award in six of the last seven years.
Frazer's victory will earn her the 2012 Honda Sports Award, given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a "Top Three" finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. She was voted over three other nominees for the 2011-12 award: Chelsea Armstrong of Northwestern University, Katelyn Falgowski of the University of North Carolina and Whitney Frates of the University of New Hampshire.
"I am totally surprised and honored to receive the Honda Sports Award," said Frazer. "I like to think I got it because I was consistent and I was a good leader for my teammates. I try to lead by example."
Frazer's dynamic leadership was noted in 2010 when she received the Maryland field hockey program's Keli Smith Award, given the player showing the most passion for the sport while also setting and achieving high goals.
A native of Derry, Northern Ireland, Frazer served as team co-captain and led the Terrapins to their second straight NCAA title, fifth in seven years and eighth overall. It is their seventh title under head coach Missy Meharg.
"What and honor for Megan and for Maryland hockey," Meharg said. "She is one of the hardest working athletes that we have coached. As one of our team captains, she led our team into their best level of play at the most critical time of the season to become NCAA champions. She is a premier high performance student-athlete who has made such a positive impact on the NCAA Division I game."
Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament unseeded and beat No. 12 Iowa and No. 3 Syracuse in the first and second rounds to advance to the NCAA Semifinals and Finals in Louisville, Ky. last month.
In the NCAA Semifinals, Frazer helped lead the Terps to a 4-0 victory over second-seeded Old Dominion, who had beaten the Terrapins twice earlier in the year. Frazer scored Maryland's second goal to give them a 2-0 lead when she dribbled into the circle, pulled right and drilled in the shot in the 18th minute.
The Terrapins went on to rally from a two-goal deficit to beat top-ranked North Carolina, 3-2, in overtime. Trailing 2-0 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, the Terps struck twice to send the game to overtime. Sophomore Jill Witmer scored in overtime for the Terps' title win.
"Congratulations to Megan, the coaching staff and the entire Maryland team for this honor and for a special season," Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. "Megan is a championship-caliber student-athlete on the field and off and she is a great representative for Maryland."
A hearing and speech sciences major, Frazer will spend the 2012 spring semester training with the Irish Senior National Team for its Olympic qualifier in Belgium in the spring.
Honda Award winners in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field will be announced in the coming months. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions and will be announced in June.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has sponsored the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program for 26 consecutive years. Honda has donated over $2 million in grants and sponsorships to universities over the course of the program.